Category Archives: Wafer and Foundries

Semiconductor Foundries Sales Growth 2014-2016

September 01, 2016, anysilicon

semi foundries

IC Insights released its August Update to the 2016 McClean Report earlier this month.  This Update included an update of the semiconductor industry capital spending forecast, a look at the top-25 semiconductor suppliers for1H16, including a forecast for the full year ranking, and Part 1 of

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Silicon Photonics Inflection Point – It’s Not ‘If,’ It’s ‘When’

August 15, 2016, anysilicon

Close-up of fiber optic cables

Lately, there’s been a lot of buzz about silicon photonics in the data center industry. What’s it all about? The ever-expanding digital universe is being driven by cloud computing, mobile data, video streaming, and Internet-of-Things (IoT). Today, it’s estimated that by end of 2016, more than 6 zettabytes (i.e., the

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SMIC Buys 70% of LFoundry for 49M Euros

June 27, 2016, anysilicon


Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation (“SMIC”; NYSE: SMI; SEHK: 981), one of the leading semiconductor foundries in the world and the largest and most advanced foundry in mainland China, jointly announces with LFoundry Europe GmbH (“LFE”) and Marsica Innovation S.p.A. (“MI”), the signing of an agreement on June 24, 2016 to

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GLOBALFOUNDRIES to Expand Presence in China with 300mm Fab in Chongqing

May 31, 2016, anysilicon


GLOBALFOUNDRIES today announced the signing of a memorandum of understanding to drive its next phase of growth in China. Through a joint venture with the government of Chongqing, the company plans to expand its global manufacturing footprint by establishing a 300mm fab in China. GLOBALFOUNDRIES is also investing in expanding

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58% of Semiconductor Foundry Capacity is Under High Risk for Seismic Activity

May 11, 2016, anysilicon


Researchers estimate that there are about 80,000 earthquakes globally each year, but most are too minor to notice. The Great East Japan Earthquake (a.k.a., 2011 Tohoku Earthquake) and subsequent tsunami that struck east of Sendai on March 11, 2011 caused substantial loss of life and destruction to infrastructure.  It was

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Semiconductor Foundry Sales Ranking 2015

April 27, 2016, anysilicon

semiconductor ranking 2015

TSMC, by far, was the leader with $26.4 billion in sales last year.  In fact, TSMC’s 2015 sales were over 5x that of second-ranked GlobalFoundries (even with the addition of IBM’s chip business in the second half of 2015) and almost 12x the sales of the fifth-ranked China-based foundry SMIC.

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